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Last year, did something revolutionary. Fueled by our commitment to audacious hospitality, the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and elevating voices of Jews on the margins, we launched season one of our groundbreaking podcast Wholly Jewish, which explores what we, as Jews, all have in common and – of equal importance – what makes us all unique.

Season one was hosted by former April Baskin, the Union for...

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As I write this, Shavuot has just come to a close. As fulfilling as it was to engage in Tikkun Leil Shavuot programs facilitated by the Reform Jewish community, a lot weighs on me. With COVID-19 continuing to ravage Black communities and racist violence all over the news, I almost feel like it’s Yom Kippur instead – the time when Jews are supposed to be most aware of...

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Everyday more than 100 Americans are killed by guns. On Friday, June 5, we observe Wear Orange Day, a national day of awareness about the scourge of gun violence in the United States. We wear orange to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence facing our country, and to fight for a future free from gun violence. 

We invite the Reform Jewish community to join us in wearing orange in support of the gun violence prevention movement. Typically we would be making plans for rallies and gatherings to honor and remember victims of gun violence,...

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We used to be specific about who we applied the word hero to. Our doctors, and firefighting professionals Our activists, and soldiers Our law enforcement professionals and the occasional politician who stuck to their morals.

We sometimes confabulate the words hero and fame We’re in awe of our rock stars and movie stars Certain authors get the royal treatment and in some communities just being the person who tells you the weather will get you a better seat at dinner.

We never considered the grocery store shelf stocker the checkout person, the mail carrier the one who brings...

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How can ordinary people get reliable information about the pandemic in order to assess their risk and make informed decisions?

We sat down (remotely) with Baruch Fischhoff, a professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and a noted expert in risk assessment. Professor Fischhoff earned his Ph.D in Psychology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied with Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.  He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences...

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